Coalfields player Jemma House started her Herald Women's Premier League campaign in style scoring a hat-trick as Newcastle Olympic trounced Mid North Coast 8-0 in Taree on Sunday.
The Pelaw Main 23-year-old returned to Australia after four years playing college football in the US.
Alesha Clifford got a double, Sophie Phillips and Jess Evans scored singles for Olympic with the hosts also scoring an own goal.
Thornton Redbacks started the season with a 4-1 loss to Adamstown in the WPL.
The game was transferred to the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on Sunday night and Adamstown were first on the board to lead 2-0 at half-time.
Ellen Hughes scored a brace and Jorjia Hogg and Rachel Duffin also found the back of the net for Rosebud.
Thornton's Susan Randall scored to make it 2-1 shortly after half-time.
In other games in the opening round of the competition, New Lambton started championship defence with a 3-3 draw against Merewether United in the grand final rematch at No.2 Sportsground on Sunday.
New Lambton's goals were scored by Kaitlin Radstaak, Georgia Amess and Ellie Jones, while Lori Depczynski, Katy Gray and Nicki Jones scored for Merewether.
The game between Broadmeadow Magic and Warners Bay was washed out.
Hornets win 3-1
Cessnock City Hornets kicked off the Northern League One season with a 3-1 win against Singleton. The Thornton Redbacks had the bye and are away to Belmont Swansea next week. Cessnock have the bye.